Media Release: Monday, 15 February, 2010
Sydney Opera House unveils 2010 Adventures Program
Now in its fifth year, the Sydney Opera House Adventures program continues to present local and international artists and artforms that revitalise the concept of what theatre can be. The performances - adventurous in name and intent - feature actors, dancers, directors, musicians and acrobats in productions that are indisputably fresh, often political and always connected to the pulse of an inquisitive world.
Sydney Opera House Head of Theatre and Dance, Wendy Martin said, “Adventures 2010 will take you on a journey of discovery to marvel at the skill and imagination of some of the world’s most exciting theatre, music and dance makers. From a stratospheric star to those you may never have heard of - but won’t forget - we have uncovered productions from across the globe to enthral and entertain.”
Sydney Opera House Chief Executive, Richard Evans continued, “Sydney Opera House plays a pivotal role in Sydney's performing arts by providing a broad international perspective on a range of artforms. Wendy Martin's carefully curated program is maturing into an essential part of Australia's theatrical landscape.”
28 February: The programme commences with 13 Most Beautiful...songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests. US doyennes of pop, Dean&Britta, formerly of Luna were commissioned to compose and perform music for a remarkable collection of short films made at Warhol’s New Factory in the 1960s.
2 March: ‘The Pope of Trash’, Indie film director, John Waters, in his show, This Filthy World, will regale with stories about his origins in trash genre and his successful career navigating Hollywood. Focusing on his early negative artistic influences, fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, the extremes of the art world, Catholicism, sexual deviancy and a love of reading, Waters entertains us with his joyously devious wry observations about his life and people’s foibles.
8 -10 April: Gershwin fans are in for a treat with France’s hottest dance company, Compagnie Montalvo-Hervieu’s dance work, Good Morning Mr Gershwin. Through live music, spoken word, hip-hop and contemporary dance, Compagnie Montalvo-Hervieu pay homage to the sheer inventiveness of American composer, George Gershwin and his musical repertoire.
18 – 23 May: Through his brilliantly funny story telling, New York’s master of monologue, Mike Daisey, using a South Pacific Island’s worship of American culture as a metaphor, challenges audiences to think about some very serious issues. In particular, the global economy, what it means and what it says about our deepest values.
26 – 27 May: Renowned dancer and choreographer, Akram Khan returns to his classical roots in this new solo performance, Gnosis. Inspired by two characters from the Indian epic, The Mahabharata, Gnosis explores the notion of inner knowledge and clouded vision. Khan will be aaccompanied by live classical Indian music.
From 5 June: Combining the visual language of comics with the physical language and stunning effects of The Matrix, Glow, presented by Back Light Theatre and created and directed by Lior Kalfois, is a highly entertaining, visually sumptuous production that takes the audience into the world and imagination of an insecure, daggy guy called Glow, with a dreary job who can’t get a girl.
8 – 13 June: Circa, Australia’s most innovative circus company, perform their 2009 Edinburgh Fringe hit, Circa, for six shows only. Combining extreme physical feats with human emotion, the seven performers move through fast paced acrobatics creating hauntingly beautiful scenes of poetic beauty.
From 15 June: Sir Ian McKellen makes a much anticipated return to Sydney in Samuel Beckett’s, Waiting for Godot. Recently performed on the West End to great acclaim, McKellen is joined by Roger Rees in this masterful production by Sean Mathias.
1- 4 July: The vibrant, young, urban edge contemporary dance ensemble, Hofesh Schechter Company, has attracted audiences and rave critical acclaim throughout the UK and internationally. Delivering intensely physical, breathtaking work that immediately connects with audiences, Schecter is one of the most inventive new choreographic voices in the world today. In his new work, Political Mother, Schecter also composes the percussive, pounding but lyrical score.
7 – 17 October: Last seen in Sydney in 2006 with their hugely successful production, The Hanging Man, Improbable Theatre are back with their new show, PANIC. Plumbing the charged themes of love, sex and of course, panic, it features co-director Phelim McDermott playing a semi-fictionalised version of his podgy, middle-aged self in a crisis. This is a meditation on love, sex and contemporary anxiety.
From 20 October: British theatre company, 1927, presents a devious tale of mistrust, fear laced with wicked humour, storytelling, stunning film and animation in The Animals & Children Took to the Streets.
18 – 24 October: Swiss performance duo Zimmermann & de Perrot, in their latest production, GAFF AFF, have taken Europe by storm. Combining music, dance and circus skills, they are hailed for their humour, inventiveness, and arresting visual style. Like a modern Buster Keaton, rubber-limbed circus artist Martin Zimmermann navigates his way through a day's existence, to the rhythm of DJ Dimitri de Perrot's live soundscape. Each inspires the other's next move or sound in a world where everything is out of control.
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